Moving home or work can have interesting effects. When I was younger and moved more often, I noticed things seemed to get better after a move. Some people study best places for a person using tools like biorhythms or astrology. I’ve also heard it said that the laws of nature are strongest for us in our place of birth. (of course, that depends on what we want strong in our life 😉
I recently spoke of the idea of Place and how you may feel about where you are in a very literal sense. How you are with what is includes where you are. I suspect improvement with change will often have more to do with psychology – how we feel about the change. We move towards what we want or away from what we don’t want. Naturally then, the experience will be of hope and betterment. It also gets us out of our ruts, obliges us to think about what we want and see the world more freshly. We get back to the basics of intention.
There is a deeper aspect of this that is good to understand, even if it is not yet our experience. We may have a habit of seeing ourselves as a separate person. As the ego falls away, we begin to experience an internal unity. As that moves forward into the experience, the sense of person decreases and the sense of Self in all things grows. Eventually, it becomes apparent that you are not this person in a body, you are everything. Literally. Not just as a sense of inclusive expansion. You are the table, the trees, and the sky. Touch it and you feel yourself touching and being touched. Some teachers describe the ‘cosmic body’, where the world is your body. Moving through the world is like shifting your attention from your fingers to your hand.
Notably, we also discover that we not only store stress and resistance in the body, but in our stuff. Some possessions bring us memories and joy or have a simple utilitarian function. But many of us have homes and storage lockers full of resistance – physical things we store our dramas in. It’s very simple to see this. Simply look at the object and see how it feels. Does it bring you joy? Is it neutral, having a utilitarian function like a broom? Or is there other stuff that comes up like pain, regret, fear, that sense of grip? Does it have a ‘just in case’ or ‘what if’ tone, though you’ve not used it in years? That may be the mind’s excuse for a hidden resistance. The stuff in the back of the closet or basement can have some of the deepest festers.
This is why many people struggle with cleaning things out. Especially if they have a large house. Without an annual spring cleaning ritual, we see the rise of “clutter busters”. Many objects we keep for memories can be replaced with a photo. Remember – its the memory that brings you joy, not the object. If you do this gradually, you may find yourself downsizing enough that you can move to a smaller place that requires less work and money to support. Just remember – some people live happily in 400 square feet.
The late George Carlin put it well: “Your house is a pile of stuff with a cover on it” and “Your house is a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff.”
See the rest of his monologue on Stuff
It makes the process of going through your stuff a whole different adventure. Rather than a question of need, it becomes a spiritual exercise in purification. When it’s done, we will have a home with space, surrounded by the things we love. Then it is easy to feel gratitude and energize that cooperation.
We can do the same thing when we go shopping. Mindful shopping, we might say. Ask yourself if you love it or is there just some craving or sense of need? Does it support your life and pursuit of love or does it burden you with further obligations? Everything you own requires a place to keep it, your time, and your money for upkeep. When you lighten the load, you gain far more than you release.
And remember, trash should be your last resort. Sell it, give it to charity, recycle it. When you release it to someone else, you release the resistance as well.
Knowing we are all things quite changes your sense of place, of stuff, and our relationship with the world. Do you think there would be issues of abuse, pollution, debt and poverty if a majority experienced the world this way?
PS – yes, I’m moving in a couple of days, currently surrounded by boxes. But a lot fewer boxes than there used to be. Craigslist funded the move, charity profits, and love flows more freely. Back to packing…